When it comes to diabetics, nothing is “ordinary” about caring for feet and toes. Without proper care, diabetics are at higher risk for developing serious foot conditions and complications. Read on for more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Loss of feeling or inability to feel pain, heat or cold in feet and legs
  • Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Poor circulation and blood flow

Signs & Symptoms

  • Calluses, blisters, cracking skin
  • Foot ulcers, usually on the bottom of the big toe or ball of foot
  • Improper healing of sores and infection

Tips & Treatments

  • Maintain blood pressure, and blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  • Perform a daily self-check of feet; see a medical professional regularly.
  • Keep feet cleaned and well cared for, according to physician instructions.
  • Immediately tend to blisters, corns, cracks, sores, fungal or toenail infections.
  • Refrain from smoking as it promotes poor blood flow.
  • Call your physician at the first sign of infection or ulcer.